NDP had good ideas, but Liberals are in charge, Freeland says

NDP had good ideas, but Liberals are in charge, Freeland says

OTTAWA—The NDP may not like what the federal Liberal government is doing — or not doing — to combat inflation, but Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says their agreement to give stability to the minority Parliament stands and it’s the Liberals who are in charge. “This is not a coalition,” she said. Appearing at the … Read more

Airport chaos could get worse as Ottawa removes vaccine mandates

NDP had good ideas, but Liberals are in charge, Freeland says

OTTAWA—“Science” — not politics or airport delays — is the reason the Liberal government gave for why it has finally halted — or “suspended” — federal vaccine mandates starting next Monday. Yet if politics is the art of the possible, politics were definitely in play. Some Liberal MPs say caucus pressure played a role. Cabinet … Read more

‘This is going to be the hardest part’: Toronto van attack trial set to hear from dozens of victims, their families

‘This is going to be the hardest part’: Toronto van attack trial set to hear from dozens of victims, their families

One of Canada’s worst mass murderers will finally receive his fate, but not before a Toronto court hears dozens of people share what their lives have been like as a result of the devastating attack on April 23, 2018. It’s been 15 months since Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy found Alek Minassian guilty of 10 … Read more

Here’s how to bid in the GTA’s uneven housing market

Here’s how to bid in the GTA’s uneven housing market

Sleepless nights, emotional strain and difficult conversations are just some of the ramifications Ahmad Ghulami and May Serageldin have felt after enduring 20 bidding wars over three years in the GTA’s real estate market. And, despite the recent cool-down, the North York couple says things haven’t gotten any easier, as decreasing prices in certain areas … Read more

Most Ontario mask mandates expire Saturday. Here’s what you need to know

Most Ontario mask mandates expire Saturday.  Here’s what you need to know

Most COVID-19 mask mandates in Ontario expired Saturday, including the province’s remaining mask requirements on public transit and in health-care settings. Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, made the announcement Thursday, lauding the province’s high vaccination rates and “Ontario’s COVID-19 situation continuing to improve.” However, the science director of Ontario’s COVID-19 advisory … Read more

Loretta Rogers, matriarch of Rogers family, dies at 83

Loretta Rogers, matriarch of Rogers family, dies at 83

Loretta Rogers, the matriarch of the Rogers family, has died at age 83, the family said Saturday. “The Rogers Family is profoundly saddened by our mother’s passing. We are grieving together for an amazing woman who held love and compassion in her heart, kindness in her soul and who possessed an incredible strength of character,” … Read more

Ottawa suspends mandatory COVID-19 tests in airports

Ottawa suspends mandatory COVID-19 tests in airports

OTTAWA—The federal government is temporarily suspending mandatory random COVID-19 testing for vaccinated travelers arriving in Canadian airports — a measure Canada’s top doctor billed hours earlier as an “early warning system” critical to tracking the spread of the virus. The suspension will come into effect on Saturday and run until June 30, Transport Canada said … Read more

More than one million Canadians have to repay CERB — and in some cases EI is being clawed back to do it

More than one million Canadians have to repay CERB — and in some cases EI is being clawed back to do it

With a young child at home and facing the closure of her workplace early in the pandemic, BC resident Rae Clair did what she thought was best: She applied and was approved for Employment Insurance (EI). Later, Clair was switched onto the Canadian Emergency Response Program (CERB). The emergency benefit was a “godsend,” for Clair, … Read more

Meet one of the first people in Canada to be compensated for a COVID-19 vaccine injury

Meet one of the first people in Canada to be compensated for a COVID-19 vaccine injury

In the early hours after Mother’s Day last year, a day he spent playing in a family baseball game, Ross Wightman, a realtor and father of two from the Okanagan of central British Columbia, woke up with unbearable back pain. Over the next year, the pain in his body would move and morph, as he … Read more

Where you still have to wear a mask in Ontario

Where you still have to wear a mask in Ontario

Ontario’s last mask mandate covering high-risk places like public transit, long-term care and other health-care settings is poised to expire Saturday, but the Ministry of Health won’t confirm if these rules will be extended. Regardless, there are some last bastions of face-covering — from certain doctors’ offices to famous theaters — that will continue to … Read more